Kimberly-Clark Professional™  recently announced that its scholarship programme will fund new infectious disease awareness training for cleaning professionals to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, in the workplace. The program is presented in collaboration with ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. “Cleaning professionals have been our frontline heroes throughout the pandemic, and we are committed to providing them with resources to ensure the businesses they support run safely,” said Susan Gambardella, Kimberly-Clark Professional North America president. “We are delighted that our scholarship programme will continue to equip small and women-owned cleaning businesses with the knowledge they need as companies to practice more stringent hygiene and cleaning protocols to mitigate the risk of infectious diseases.”

The new 30-minute online course, “Infectious Disease Awareness in the Workplace,” will increase the participant’s knowledge about infectious diseases, including how they spread and make people sick. The course covers the importance of infectious disease prevention programmes and how they assist with the mitigation or prevention of infectious diseases like COVID-19 in the workplace, as well as regulatory compliance.

“Infectious disease knowledge continues to be in demand during and after the pandemic. As a result, cleaning for health needs to remain a priority in the built environment,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Regularly offering training courses showcases to employees that your business cares about their career development and well-being and enables them to better manage today’s and tomorrow’s bio risks.”

The first 500 eligible cleaning professionals who register for the programme will be able to complete the GBAC course at no cost. Building service contractors who qualify as a small business will be given priority placement into the programme. The programme will also award 50 percent of the scholarships to women.

This year’s training course offering is part of the scholarship programme Kimberly-Clark launched in 2021 with a US$500,000 donation to fund training for small and women-owned businesses around the world. To date, the initiative has provided 6,335 scholarships in 84 countries, and helped 3,900 organisations prepare their workers with GBAC-led training that helps them provide their employees and customers with a welcoming and hygienic workplace.

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